ERIC Number: ED424408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Project WORKSMART. A Final Report.
NashvilleREAD, Nashville, TN.
Project WORKSMART was a Nashville, Tennessee-based workplace literacy project to provide an exemplary multidimensional workplace literacy program while simultaneously demonstrating products and practices that promote lifelong learning that can be customized and replicated in diverse work environments. The project was a partnership between NashvilleREAD and three business partners: a distribution and repair center, a large urban hospital, and a convalescent center. Five principles underpinned the project: involvement, accessibility, appropriateness, comprehensiveness, and replication. During the project, NashvilleREAD worked with site-based councils to design site-specific workplace literacy training to help employees functioning below a high school level develop the skills and levels of learning needed to maintain their current job and become promotable. Because the hospital had already begun developing a basic skills program for its employees, NashvilleREAD's primary role at the hospital was to help the hospital refine its training methodology. At the distribution and repair center, NashvilleREAD helped design a program that emphasized team building and keeping current with technology. The training program provided at the convalescent center was focused on helping candidates pass a certified nurse technician exam. An external evaluation identified three issues: lack of computers for participants; geographical distance between sites, causing communication problems; and restraints on training time caused by learners' work schedules. Overall, Project WORKSMART fulfilled all its stated objectives successfully. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: NashvilleREAD, Nashville, TN.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee (Nashville)